Heritage of America"" from the eccentric background. From peddler to general storekeeper, to mine host, to the barber --centers of general community gatherings, a history at tangents. Here are the pranksters, the strange divines, the famous inn-keepers, the fanatics, the solitaries, the legendary figures, etc. A fresh assemblage of material, there's nothing hackneyed in the subjects selected. New England, Philadelphia and the South have provided most of the characters, with a slim picking from the midwest, and the period falls within the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A successful skimming of the cream of screwballiana, for those interested in odd bypaths of American background and history.